What is Marcopoloni?

Our goal is to bring people like you, who cherish and appreciate fine artistry, closer to the artisans who create them. Everything we offer is handmade by carefully-selected artisans who pour their love and pride into each piece of work.

Much as Marco Polo brought the Western world in contact with the treasures of the Far East in the late 13th century, Marcopoloni strives to put you in touch with beautiful handmade goods from around the world!

Shirakawa-go: Worth a Visit!

Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

When we went to Japan last summer, I had high hopes of being able to take and post photos on the go. Of course, reality was a bit different, and here I am, 7 months later, getting around to posting one photo from the trip. This was . . . → Read More: Shirakawa-go: Worth a Visit!

I Dislike Leaf Blowers

I don’t like leaf blowers. Why are they used so much? Am I the only one to hate them? . . . → Read More: I Dislike Leaf Blowers

Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation

Kewpie Dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama

I came across these adorable Kewpie dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama, Japan. The dolls were not handmade, but they were wearing little handmade 浴衣(yukata, or a casual version of the kimono)! When I laid eyes upon them, they immediately brought me . . . → Read More: Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation

“Happy Easter”, or “Buona Pasqua” for the Italians out there!

I’ve been living in the States for 4 years now, and I tend to forget about those Italian holidays that are less important here or not celebrated at all. Easter, sadly, is one of those holidays. In Italy Pasqua is the second most important religious holiday after Christmas. The Monday that follows is . . . → Read More: “Happy Easter”, or “Buona Pasqua” for the Italians out there!

Marcopoloni to Donate Proceeds to Japan Relief Efforts

starting 5pm PDT on April 19, and through midnight PDT on May 8, Marcopoloni will donate 5% of net proceeds from our online sales to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund through GlobalGiving.org . . . → Read More: Marcopoloni to Donate Proceeds to Japan Relief Efforts

April Fool’s Day is Pesce d’Aprile in Italy!

Pesce d'Aprile!

It looks like almost all countries in the Western World somehow celebrate on the first day of April of every year. Everyone seems to do it in a different way though, and if some countries celebrate the day with practical jokes and general foolishness only until noon, in Italy – like . . . → Read More: April Fool’s Day is Pesce d’Aprile in Italy!

Women’s Day (Festa della Donna): Girls Night Out or just Flowers?

Across Italy and many other countries, March 8th is known as Women’s Day (or “Festa della Donna”).

Some say it celebrates historical achievements such as women’s right to vote, some say it’s in memory of a tragic fire which killed all of the women who worked in a textile company in New York, . . . → Read More: Women’s Day (Festa della Donna): Girls Night Out or just Flowers?

Fenoci in Salata – Fennel Salad Recipe

This week I was looking for an alternative side dish to our usual salad and I decided to try a fennel salad recipe I found in my Cucino Io cookbook.

The recipe calls for

4 fennels 2 anchovies 1 tablespoon of grated Parmigiano Reggiano 1 tablespoon of grated parsely olive oil 2 tablespoons white . . . → Read More: Fenoci in Salata – Fennel Salad Recipe

Super Simple and Quick Porcini Pasta

It may not exactly be restaurant-quality, but given the time and effort involved, this porcini pasta is deceptively good. This dish was gobbled up as quickly as it was made. . . . → Read More: Super Simple and Quick Porcini Pasta

Happy New Year!

happy new year 2011 and thank you for a great 2010. . . . → Read More: Happy New Year!